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For anyone experiencing difficulty accessing myON yesterday, I just talked to Derrick Barnes, our myON rep, and he caught the problem late yesterday and it is now back up and running. Thanks to all who alerted me to the problem. Enjoy myON through Feb 8. Whether our myON subscription will continue after that is up to our new Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

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To wrap up 2016 and look ahead to 2017, share one online "gift" with colleagues in your #INeLearn Community of Practice. It could be a lesson, a resource, a blog post, or anything else you think might be helpful for a peer in your content area or grade level. You can share something you created or that you found and have used.

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Check out this collection of literary passages: K-12th Grade Literary Passages
Try sending these passages home with your students over winter break to read with family or friends. Feel free to include or exclude the question sets.
Remember, now there are two great places to find ReadWorks. Check out the new ReadWorks Digital—where you and your students can interact with ReadWorks content and curriculum digitally. It's free!
Happy Teaching!
The ReadWorks Team

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One of our most innovative English teachers here at Rossville MS/HS had students us Canva to produce the work provided in the link, prior to their reading of the novel, Frankenstein. Outstanding example of innovative instruction, student curated web content, and engaging curriculum planning!

Hoosier Homecoming at the Statehouse is this Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon- 5 p.m. The Bicentennial Torch Relay will end it's journey throughout Indiana at the Statehouse, where it will permanently be placed in the new Bicentennial Plaza. All Hoosiers are invited to share in the fun of Indiana's 200th birthday!

The Statehouse will be open during that time for visitors to tour all state offices and the chambers. Supt. Ritz will greet visitors in her office. In addition, Hoosier Family of Readers will have tables with FREE BOOKS for children outside the superintendent's office.

There will be food trucks and all kinds of activities. The State Library will open its new children's reading room/educational center.

Please come see us!

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Outstanding video shared in CCR book study -> regarding the power of YET :)

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Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and is open to all high school students. Participation is free. Schools can register for the state competition online @ and receive a free programming guide. Registration ends 11/20/16.

More info. at

Awhile back I posted about CommonLit, a wonderful resource for pairing texts. It contains many useful items to use with each pairing. They have recently updated the site.
Check it out! Just terrific. Watch the video at the bottom!

Dear Literacy Teachers,

We are very excited to announce the release of our latest features at
Now you can:
• Set up classes and assign text-dependent questions through the platform;
• Score short answer responses with one click;
• Access data reports showing how your students performed on CommonLit assignments.
To access all of these free features, simply log into your existing account. If you don't yet have an account, set one up.

Here are a few resources to help you get started:
• Watch Sarah's video to take a quick tour of the newest site features.
• Read Rob's blog post about how to get students set up with accounts.
As always, we love getting feedback from our users - it helps us improve the site experience. Please get in touch with our team by emailing

Michelle Brown, CEO

Watch this video to learn about our new features:

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From Cool Cat Teacher:
Try Owl Eyes if You Teach Classic Literature (It’s Free)

Formative Assessment for Reading? Embedded quizzes? Owl Eyes sponsored the episode, How to Teach Classic Literature Without Boring Students to Death. Starr Sackstein rocked it.

So, here’s how Owl Eyes works. As a teacher, you set up your class in Owl Eyes. You can select classic literature included in the app and even add your own annotations (or standards-aligned annotations if you prefer.) When students download Owl Eyes and get the book, it includes your annotations, the quizzes you’ve embedded at different points in the book, and anything else you’ve added.

As students read, you can see their progress and annotations. If you want to reply inside their annotations, you can. I really love the idea of quizzing students at different points in the book to spur comprehension and deep reading. Check out Owl Eyes.
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